The Dodgers made several changes to the active roster Monday, activating Hyun-jin Ryu and recalling relievers Josh Ravin and Edward Paredes. To make room, Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy were sent to the 10-day disabled list while Trayce Thompson was optioned.
It’s not clear how long Kershaw or McCarthy will stay on the DL but McCarthy figures to be back shortly with a minor blister issue.
The news earlier in the day had Kershaw missing at least four to six weeks. The team wouldn’t say that was the case and manager Dave Roberts said there would be more news to come after the front office met with team doctor, Robert Watkins.
Dave Roberts said #Dodgers front office, med staff, Dr. Watkins, Kershaw will meet as group today to formulate "plan of attack" w/ injury— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 24, 2017
Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw is day to day.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 24, 2017
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Kershaw has "lower back strain." Prognosis "much better" than last year's disc injury.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 24, 2017
Day-to-day certainly sounds much better than Kershaw being out for weeks at a time. There is no official timetable as of yet and Kershaw has been stubborn in the past about there being one at all.
The two relievers being called upon makes the most sense in the world since the Dodgers don't need a fifth starter for over a week, not to mention two candidates — Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart — are already with the team.
Ravin has 45 strikeouts against 13 walks in 29.0 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City to go along with a 4.66 ERA. Paredes has been effective this season with a 2.23 ERA in 30 games.
Thompson has struggled all season long at the plate and was hitting just .116 (5-for-43) with the big club.
|1B||Mauer (L)||SS||Seager (L)|
|SS||Escobar (S)||1B||Bellinger (L)|
|RF||Grossman (S)||C||Grandal (S)|
|C||Castro (L)||CF||Pederson (L)|
Chris Taylor leads off again for the Dodgers and he has been their hottest hitter in July. In his last 18 games, Taylor is hitting a scorching .425 with 12 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.
The Twins hottest hitter is Eddie Rosario who is 21-for-61 (.344) in July with eight doubles. The always dangerous Miguel Sano also lurks in the middle of the lineup with 23 homers and a .528 SLG.